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Girls soccer: Adams sees where team can improve

The Rosemount girls soccer team was unbeaten through its first 11 games of the season.

When the Irish went 0-2-1 over their past three games, it could have caused some alarm. But, talking Tuesday afternoon, there wasn't much panic coming from Rosemount coach Kevin Adams.

In fact, Adams knows exactly what problems are troubling his team and he believes the Irish can correct the issues.

The biggest area of concern has been scoring. And much of what the Irish have faced recently likely doesn't come as a shock to Adams.

"The girls are playing well," Adams said. "We're playing up tempo. We are getting scoring opportunities. The attack is working this year. We're just not able to get enough finishes. Shade (Pratt) leads us with 11 goals. What's happening is teams are starting to figure it out and focus on her, forcing someone else to beat them. We don't have other players consistently stepping up and being that player when Shade is marked up."

Developing some scoring depth aside from Pratt, an all-state player, was one of Adams' main concerns in the preseason. After opening 7-0-1 this season, Rosemount (7-2-4, 1-1-3 South Suburban) had three straight ties before two consecutive losses.

"You look and we're in one-goal games," Adams said. "We're hanging in there."

Adams has also worried about the team's urgency at the start of games. Rosemount tied Apple Valley 3-3 last week before a 2-1 loss to Cretin-Derham Hall on Saturday.

Monday was a 1-0 loss to Bloomington Jefferson in a makeup of a rainout last week.

"We've been taking time to develop some intensity and urgency," Adams said. "We wait until our backs are against the wall and then start playing intense. We need some urgency to start games that way and sustain it for the entire game. You look at Apple Valley and we fall behind and make a tremendous comeback in the second half with two goals in two minutes with just 10 minutes left."

Brooke Stevens scored for the Irish on Saturday against Cretin-Derham Hall, but the Raiders earned the win.

"We didn't sustain our intensity and urgency and let them back into the game," Adams said.

The Irish had 12 shots on goal against Jefferson on Monday, including five from Pratt, but couldn't find the back of the net in the 1-0 loss.

"We're having a little bit of a finishing issue right now," Adams said. "Not enough players are getting things done the way we need them to get done on the finishing side. We are continuing to play well. The defense has been good. We're getting opportunities and good looks. We're outworking teams. The fact is we just couldn't find a way to finish and it hurt us."